Posts by Talia Isaacson

Talia is originally from San Diego, CA, but her passion for agriculture mostly developed on the coast of Maine, where she lived and worked on an educational diversified farm throughout parts of her high school years. Since then, Talia has spent time working on various farms in both Vermont and Arkansas, which has further solidified her interest in small-scale agriculture and its myriad intersections with community welfare, environmental sustainability, and education. She is a senior in the English department at Cornell and began working for the Cornell Small Farms Program in early 2018. Talia also works for the Local & Regional Food Systems initiative.
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In the News: How We’re Imagining the Future of Urban Agriculture

By Talia Isaacson / April 6, 2021

In 2019, our director Anu Ranjarajan, and Molly Riordan, now an urban agriculture specialist with our program, published a report titled “The Promise of Urban Agriculture.” This report was drawn…

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In the News: COVID-19 Reveals Slaughterhouse Shortages

By Talia Isaacson / August 3, 2020

Finding a slaughterhouse to process meat has been a challenge for small farmers for years. Federally inspected slaughterhouses are few and far between, and in many parts of the country,…

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Neil Mattson and a student, both in masks, examine strawberries in a greenhouse.

In the News: Our Director Helps Provide CEA Training Opportunities

By Talia Isaacson / July 9, 2020

As the year-round market demand for local food grows, more farmers are using controlled environments, such as greenhouses, to efficiently produce fresh, high-quality fruits and vegetables. However, this controlled environment…

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Back to Basics: Herd Management Lessons from COVID-19

By Talia Isaacson / June 22, 2020

By Lindsay Ferlito, Betsy Hicks, and Margaret Quaassdorff, CCE Regional Dairy Specialists In response to these especially volatile times, producers have been faced with having to make rapid changes. These…

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Beefing Up the Dairy Industry: New Research Offers Guidance on Beef Crossbreeding

By Talia Isaacson / March 18, 2020

Farmers may now be better equipped to decide if a beef cross-breeding enterprise would be a good addition to their dairy business, thanks to new research from Cornell University Beef…

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This Soil Bacteria Could Help Fight Climate Change

By Talia Isaacson / March 12, 2020

A new species of soil bacteria, discovered by Cornell University researchers, is particularly adept at breaking down organic matter, including the carcinogenic chemicals that are released from the burning of…

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Portable Imaging Tool Will Transform Gravevine Pruning

By Talia Isaacson / March 10, 2020

Pruning vines is one of the most important tasks of a viticulturist. If done improperly, the vine can produce yields that are either too high or too low, both of…

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Green Cherry Tomato ‘Jaded’ Offers Options in Color

By Talia Isaacson / March 4, 2020

Meet ‘Jaded’, the newest cherry tomato cultivar from Cornell Agritech! As part of a growing collection of diverse cherry tomato varieties, including the Galaxy Suite, Jaded offers growers a whole…

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News & Notes for New York Farmers from the New York Farm Bureau

By Talia Isaacson / April 6, 2018

Tax Credit Available to New York Farmers for Charitable Food Donations Governor Andrew M. Cuomo recently announced New York farmers are eligible to receive a tax credit for qualifying food…

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Practice the Grazing You Preach

By Talia Isaacson / April 6, 2018

University of Vermont Grazing Specialist puts grazing practices to the test at home.    Marc and Cheryl Cesario own and operate Meeting Place Pastures in Cornwall, Vermont, where they raise…

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